Like a smooth port, M Ward's timeless music sinks down very nicely indeed. Versatile and accomplished musician as he is, he also has a good ear for a catchy melody, and on this album, he has restored some classic songs with his own polish, adding his own special magic.
Delicately strummed and picked guitar, Ward's understated voice and harmonies float like a distant summer memory. Track 4, 'Hold Time', with strings, particularly sets the mood. Buddy Holly's 'Rave on' then kicks in, which although doesn't have the tempo of the original, has nice guitar flourishes added and subtle harmonies from friends.
Pleasant folky, 50s style songs fill the next few tracks, taking us to the next cracking cover, Neil Young's 'Oh lonesome me'. If you are a fan of Lucinda Williams, you will love this track, as she adds background vocals, in her cracked voice. Slow, meditating, melancholic and gorgeous - a superb rendition.
Four more worthy track's, including track 14's Link Wray/Friends of Dean Martinez sounding instumental indicates there's a great soundtrack or two in M Ward's locker.
An excellent addition to his ever growing (7 or 8?) catalogue of albums. You wont be disappointed with a purchase.